How many of our new buildings are in danger of falling down?
The Building Control Act which came into force in June 1992 created a regime where buildings were certified as complying with the Building Regulations and British Standards Design codes by the buildings designers or their subcontractors.
Certificates were acceptable to the Law Society and the Banks from designers who had no formal qualification in Engineering.
All that was required was for the person certifying to be old enough to pretend they were in private practice for 10 years.
This begs the question as to how some one could start a practice without qualifications?
The Building Control regime which applies to commercial buildings involves drawings being submitted to local Authorities which are approved with the issue of a Fire Certificate. The onus is on the certifing designer to then ensure the building complies with the design.
We have already seen how building control has failed in the planning and building control functions.
Do we need an independent check of all buildings designed by people without professional qualifications?